hawaiin chicken kabobs

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The Minimeal on a Stick
Jennifer McDaniel, a dietitian in Clayton, Missouri, knows it's hard to resist foods on skewers—so, she takes advantage of the format by loading the sticks with nutritious ingredients. One version is essentially a panzanella salad: basil, baby cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella balls and homemade croutons drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar; another has a Hawaiian spin, consisting of chicken, pineapple, pieces of bell pepper and onion—all grilled. McDaniel even has a dessert-y option, where she threads fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, a cube of angel food cake and mint leaves onto a stick for a light and fresh treat.